This multi-day river expedition runs through North America’s longest continuous stretch of commercially-navigable Class IV whitewater.
Experience one of the most diverse river trips in North America with this remarkable Canadian paddling expedition. Outside Magazine deemed the Chilko trip as the BEST River Trip on the planet in 2014 because the Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser River is unrivaled in its astonishing diversity and seemingly endless routes of Class IV white-water. This superlative river adventure bounds through verdant alpine forests, slender canyons, high desert plateaus and soaring hoodoos, then ends 3,000 vertical feet below and a week later on the Fraser River, the heartbeat of Canada’s largest river network. The route runs through Lava, Big John and Farwell canyons and includes the longest stretch of commercially navigable white-water in North America.
Starting at
$3495 USD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Top gear and experienced guides
  • Riverside camps with meals & drinks
  • Inflatable kayaking, hiking, swimming, cliff jumping
  • Two nights at Bear Camp with multiple activities

Quick Facts


  • Rafting


  • Whitewater


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class IV


  • North America


  • 8 Days or More


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes

Special Interest

  • Wilderness Gourmet
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


Meeting Place

Vancouver International Airport

Richmon, British Columbia

After meeting in Vancouver for a smaller flight to Bear Camp, two nights in Bear Camp, then pack and set off on an epic adventure rafting the Chilko. The trip includes riverside camping with meals and drinks, and time for hiking, and other activities.

Day 1:

Meet in Vancouver for flights. As soon as everyone’s gear is stowed, we will board our plane for the incredible flight over the mountains and glaciers. Once at Bear Camp, on the banks of the Chilko River, we’ll settle in to our luxury safari-style platform tents before exploring.

Day 2:

After a delicious and hearty breakfast, you can choose to mountain bike, inflatable kayak on the friendly waters of the upper Chilko River, cast a line for trout, sea kayak, SUP or simply hang out in our scenic riverside camp. Gourmet dinner and a peaceful night before setting off on the grand trip.

Day 3:

After a safety briefing, the adventure begins with a 20-mile scenic float from Bear Camp to our first camp at Bear’s Den. Spot bald eagles, and the occasional bear along the shore as we fall into the relaxed flow of river travel, try out an inflatable kayak. Campfire for cocktails and dinner.

Day 4:

Descend through Lava Canyon & challenge the longest, continuous rapids of the trip. Heart-stopping hydraulics and towering, standing waves cascade for more than 18 miles through deep and narrow lava gorges, making for some non-stop excitement. Stop at Bumper Camp, a secluded riverside camp.

Dates & Packages

Chilko River Rafting Expedition

June 17 - 24. 2023 July 1 - 8, 2023 June 22 - 29, 2024 July 6- 13, 2024 July 20 - 27, 2024 August 3 - 10, 2024 August 17 - 24, 2024 August 31 - September 7, 2024 July 15 - 22, 2023 July 29 - Aug 5, 2023

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